Campers ages 6-16 can enjoy a summer camp filled with all the staples like hiking, canoeing, swimming, s’mores and horseback riding. With eight week-long sessions to choose from, campers can attend a single week, two weeks or even come for the whole summer!
The summer resident camp in the Arbuckles of southern Oklahoma is much like many Y programs where an emphasis is placed on learning skills, developing character and making friends. But few environments are as special as camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities. Camping teaches self-reliance, a love for nature and the outdoors, and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and leadership—all amidst the fun of campfires, bugle calls, canoeing, archery, talent shows, and meaningful relationships. Y counselors are dedicated to making sure camp is an amazing experience for every camper.
“The love, support and patience Aubrey received really helped him. His counselors supported and uplifted my son. He felt like he was at home at Camp Classen.” - Tyler Bombach, parent
WHY COME TO CAMP?
- 98% of campers leave feeling more confident
- 94% of campers leave feeling encouraged and hopeful
- 90% of campers learn how to make new friends
WHAT HAPPENS AT CAMP?
- Campers make new friendships built on the strong foundations of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility
- Kids enjoy a refreshing waterfront, including a giant suspended slide, canoeing and fishing
- Adventures galore, plus archery, horseback riding, camp crafts, hiking and more
- Evenings are filled campfires, cabin bonding time, laughter and fun
WHAT ABOUT SAFETY?
Staff undergoes a full application process including a criminal background check and interview including at least 3 reference checks. Once hired staff complete a rigorous 10-14 day training period where they are certified in CPR and First Aid. Also included is training on emergency procedures (EAPs), activity training specific to camp activities and events, lifeguard training, and specifics on working with camp-age children.
In addition to all of this, YMCA Camp Classen voluntarily submits to the highest standards of health and safety in the camping industry by maintaining accreditation with the American Camping Association (ACA). They are proud to say that Camp Classen received a score of 100% on their most recent site visit and re-accreditation from the ACA. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact their director of camping or executive director at 580-369-2272.
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